Djokovic starts bid for seventh Miami title with straight-sets win over Tomic
Novak Djokovic kicked off his campaign for a record seventh Miami Open title with a second-round 7-6 (2) 6-2 victory over Bernard Tomic.
The world number one, who dropped out of BNP Paribas Open last week in a third-round loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber, returned to form and broke his Australian opponent three times on the way to a 7-6 (2) 6-2 victory.
The pair traded breaks in the first set before Djokovic took the advantage, winning all points on his serve in the tiebreak, and glided through a clinical second set.
The Serbian hit 11 aces over the course of the 76-minute match and goes on to face Argentine Federico Delbonis, who defeated John Millman, the 32nd seed, 7-5 3-6 7-6 (2).
There was also success for defending champion American John Isner who battled through two tie-breakers to beat Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (2) 7-6 (7).
The seventh seed notched up 10 aces against the 23-year-old qualifier and served is way out of trouble when 4-1 down in the second tie-break to wrap up the victory in one hour and 51 minutes.
Fifth seed Kei Nishikori suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of world number 44 Dusan Lajovic.
Nishikori was broken five times as the 28-year-old Serbian advanced 2-6 6-2 6-3 after almost two hours on court.
In another second-round upset, 21-year-old Hubert Hurkacz, ranked 54th in the world, defeated world number four and third seed Dominic Thiem.
Thiem, who claimed his first ATP Masters 1000 title with victory over Roger Federer at Indian Wells last week, was dismissed 6-4 6-4.
Hurkacz’s next opponent will be Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat 29th seed Marton Fucsovics 6-4 4-6 6-0.
Britain’s Kyle Edmund, seeded 19th, meanwhile, was given few problems in a 6-3 6-2 victory over Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, and Nick Kyrgios overcame qualifier Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-3.
Other players to advance to the third round include Borna Coric, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Federico Delbonis and Jeremy Chardy.